• Who We Are

    A Veteran Owned Small Business 

    Our initial roots stem as a traditional handmade carpet company providing military customers fair market value masterpiece carpets. Until Lydia, a Naval Academy graduate, had the brilliant idea to commission a custom made, hand loomed carpet with said Academy’s logo, American Books & Carpets was born. After the positive response the sample carpets received from Naval personnel during our traditional rug flops, we decided to expand the vision.


    Books & Carpets 

    Erik’s first flying tour in the US Navy 20 years ago took him to the Middle East, where he discovered his passion for handmade carpets and established a lifelong friendship with a family of renowned carpet dealers. After nearly 18 years in the cockpit for the Navy - Erik's Mentor, John Biagas (pictured below) inspired him to follow his entrepreneurial spirit and pursue his passion of "flying carpets"! These two lifelong "wingmen" hope this business venture will serve as a platform to educate children as well as help bridge the divide between two great cultures.


    Family Heirlooms

    Authentic handmade carpets are much more than a floor rug. Each carpet is a unique piece of art and pride. When cared for, they will last a lifetime and in many cases will pass down from generation to generation.


    Giving Back 

    American Books & Carpets aims to contribute to a charitable cause with every company sale. We have done extensive charity work with product donations to benefit auctions & hosting fundraisers for non-profits.

    Paradise-for-All Fundraiser

    Southampton, NY

    Erik (right), Arlene, and Sergio Caballero step-and-repeat at the Social Club in Southampton, NY. An event hosted in 2015, raised awareness for the only fully accessible Bed and Breakfast in the Hampton -- The Edgemere Inn.

    The Oakleaf Club

    Greater Washington DC

     "In recognition for our continued commitment and generosity! Because of us, they are able to fulfill their mission of -- Serving Those Who Serve Their Country." 9.14.2014

    Fashion for Fighters Gala for Navy Safe Harbor Foundation

    The Embassy of New Zealand - District of Columbia - June 2017

    Honored to be a featured Sponsor of the Navy Safe Harbor's 3rd annual FASHION for FIGHTERS International Fashion Show at The EMBASSY OF NEW ZEALAND: Featuring Ambassador Tim Groser; Navy Safe Harbor President, RADM (retired) Chris Cole


    Inspired by the military community, NSHF was created to efficiently identify and meet the needs of recovering Sailors, Coast guardsmen, merchant marines and their families. NSHF will fill the gaps of current non medical provisions through collaboration with Federal and community resources. NSHF wants to ensure that every service member is given an opportunity for full recovery by providing financial assistance, respite care, special equipment, transportation, recreational opportunities, and other services. The Navy Safe Harbor foundation is dedicated to supporting the recovery of seriously wounded, Ill and injured Sailors, Coast guardsmen, and their families by assisting them with the resources not currently provided by government or community resources.

    But I need to know you hear me - Please go to the CARPETS section - select the University we visited together last.